Dr. Anthony Bernier and Student Brenda Elwood Publish Article in VOYA Spotlighting OPL’s Newest YA Space


San José State University School of Library and Information Science faculty member Dr. Anthony Bernier and SJSU SLIS student Brenda Elwood recently published an article in Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) entitled “A spatial revolution continues in Oakland” (August, vol.34, no. 3, pages 244-245). The article spotlights a space for young adults at Oakland Public Library’s newly-opened 81st Ave branch.

From the abstract:

“Revolutions grow up in Oakland. That rings as true of the 1960s and 70s revolutions for social equity as of today’s broad movement to imagine young people in more complex and socially integrated ways. The purpose-built YA space profiled here, in the new 1,345 sq. ft. Oakland Public Library’s 81st Ave branch, puts another national spotlight on OPL’s continuing YA space revolution.”

A digital edition of the VOYA issue in which the article was published can be found here:

Dr. Bernier, a SJSU SLIS Associate Professor, teaches Information and Society (LIBR 200), Resources & Information Services in Professions and Disciplines (LIBR 220), Programming and Services for Young Adults (LIBR 261A), Seminar in Services to Children and Young Adults (LIBR 267), Research Methods in Library & Information Science [Youth Programs Evaluation and Historical Research Methods] (LIBR 285).

Brenda Elwood is currently pursuing an MLIS and works as a manager in the geotechnical field. Her previous training in social work has drawn her towards youth development issues.